KPS News

Oct. 1, 2021

Important Medicare and Prescription Drug Notice

For complete information read the PDF attached below. Questions should be directed to Heather Hayner at or (269) 337-0165.

Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with Kalamazoo Public Schools and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. This information can help you decide whether or not you want to join a Medicare drug plan. If you are considering joining, you should compare your current coverage, including which drugs are covered at what cost, with the coverage and costs of the plans offering Medicare prescription drug coverage in your area. Information about where you can get help to make decisions about your prescription drug coverage is at the end of this notice.

There are two important things you need to know about your current coverage and Medicare’s prescription drug coverage:

  1. Medicare prescription drug coverage became available in 2006 to everyone with Medicare. You can get this coverage if you join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or join a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) that offers prescription drug coverage. All Medicare drug plans provide at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans may also offer more coverage for a higher monthly premium.

  1. MESSA’s actuaries, Willis Towers Watson, have determined that the prescription drug coverage offered by the Kalamazoo Public Schools is, on average for all plan participants, expected to pay out as much as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage pays and is therefore considered Creditable Coverage. Because your existing coverage is Creditable Coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay a higher premium (a penalty) if you later decide to join a Medicare drug plan.

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Kalamazoo Public Schools ESL specialist Susan Beechler has shared a list of notable Hispanic and Latinx personalities and books, that other staff can share with students. Thanks, Susan!

Society for History and Racial Equity Holding Virtual Summit

SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity) is holding a virtual 2021 Summit on Racism on Nov.12-13.

SHARE us seeking student input and insight on topics for the summit. One of main goals of the Summit on Racism is to create a space for the youth perspective, so they can talk openly and honestly about race and racism, how they understand their own bias, and how that bias plays into how they interact with people.

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Share Your Fun, Interesting Classroom Photos and Stories

KPS News is seeking fun content from teachers and principals. Do you have something unique going on in your classrooms? Send a few pictures and a brief note, and we can try to share it with others in the district.

This week Milwood Elementary held its popular Family Fitness Night. The sixth annual event, which is organized by physical education teacher Jim Horn, highlights healthy activities that get everyone moving. This year's the gathering was moved totally outdoors.

Boys Lacrosse Coach Sought for United KC,LN Team

The Kalamazoo United program, with students from both Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central high schools, is seeking a boy's lacrosse coach. Practices and games are held at Kalamazoo Central High School. If interested, please contact KC Athletic Director Dylan Patterson at

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KPS Job Listings

Occupational Therapist

Administration Building

Job ID: 3858

Speech Pathologist

Administration Building

Job ID: 3857

Secondary Physical Education Teacher

Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts

Job ID: 3856

Physical Therapist

Student Services

Job ID: 3859

Elementary Teacher - Peep


Job ID: 3860

KRESA Virtual Bus Driver Job Fair

Kalamazoo RESA will hold a virtual job fair for bus drivers on Oct. 14, but if you or someone you know would like to become a KPS driver — you don't have to wait!

Stop by the Transportation Department, 1800 Ravine Road, and apply now. Call (269) 337-0500 for more information.

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